Celebrating the Past Twenty Years

Celebrating the Past Twenty Years

The date was November 29th, 1996. It was a snowy, Friday night during Ashern’s annual “Midnight Madness” that Where Children Run was launched at my little print shop on Main Street. The moment David and Dennis Pischke opened a box and lifted out the first copy is unforgettable; how people came in droves, bought books and […]

Art that Inspires

Art that Inspires

                  Portage la Prairie artist, Linda Hanneson, displayed her artwork at this year’s Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference. The painting in the top left of the photo “Ribbons of Gold” was voted the People’s Choice Award winner this past July at The Bay Downtown Winnipeg’s 8th Annual Rural […]

In Search of the Milk Calendar

In Search of the Milk Calendar

When Mom passed away, I returned home from her funeral with an extra suitcase filled with momentos. One  was the 2012 calendar that hung on her wall and for a reason I don’t fully understand, I couldn’t leave it behind. I am one of those fussy calendar people who looks forward to browsing the pop-up […]

Our New Family Story

Our New Family Story

In the early morning hours of October 27th, my grandson, Graham Leo, came into this world by emergency c-section. By strange coincidence, my niece Emma was in the same Winnipeg hospital emergency room experiencing contractions, but her situation proved somewhat more serious as the baby was coming six weeks early. Emma has a pre-existing condition […]

Quilts and Books

Quilts and Books

I love quilts but since my day job involves long hours of sitting working on something that takes years to complete, quilting is not the right hobby for me. But every year when I visit community fairs and exhibitions, I seek out the quilt displays and marvel at the splash of colourful designs and the […]

Novelist W.P. Kinsella has died

Novelist W.P. Kinsella has died

Writing about a writer who has just died is a particularly difficult thing to do. Especially when you are a writer. It’s too complicated to explain so I won’t even try. People who knew W.P. Kinsella called him “Bill,” but I wasn’t fortunate enough to ever meet him—we did exchange a few pleasantries on Facebook—but […]

Home for a visit

Home for a visit

As a teenager, I spent most Sunday afternoons in the kitchen with my Mother. We’d bake, drink tea, do dishes, eat lunch and argue our way through the afternoon. Mom loved to banter and one of her sayings was: “How can I miss you if you won’t go away?” I moved to Manitoba as a […]

You could win a Vínarterta

You could win a Vínarterta

Anyone who has ever tried to make a vínarterta knows how difficult it is. Rolling those layers paper thin and then baking them to perfection; reducing the prune filling  just the right amount so that it is moist enough to soak into the layers without making them soggy. There is an ongoing debate about whether or […]

Not so Summer Fun

Not so Summer Fun

The July after turning thirteen years old, I was one of the older children swimming in a pool with our community “Summer Fun” group. Lizzie was a skinny seven-year-old neighbour girl who would ride on my back in the playground and sit beside me while doing crafts in the hall. Growing up, we always had […]